(September 10-11, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Shepherd’s Men, a team of active duty, medically retired and honorably discharged servicemen and civilian patriots will run and swim to raise funds and awareness for treatment options and suicide prevention for veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), while honoring all those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as those injured as a result of decades of combat.
Hosted by the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, several of the team members will swim in the Tennessee River, while others will run from the Heritage Center to the Chattahoochee National Cemetery and back in a sequential format. Within the 22-hours, all team members will have completed just over 22 miles—which is three, 6.22-mile evolutions, plus one final 3.5 mile ruck march to the National Cemetery.
Shepherd’s Men is raising funds to support the Shepherd Center’s Share Military Initiative (SHARE), a nationally acclaimed program that has transformed lives for more than 700 veterans and families at no charge to veterans. This 12-week, comprehensive program provides treatment for post-9/11 veterans who have sustained mild to moderate TBI and PTSD.
Travis Ellis, Co-Founder, Shepherd's Men
“We raise money and awareness for our veterans to honor them—brothers and sisters who have lost their lives, for our brother and sisters who are still fighting long after they leave the battlefield and for our brothers and sisters who have not yet returned from war,” said Travis Ellis, Shepherd’s Men co-founder. “We will not rest until the number of lives lost every day to suicide goes from 22 to zero. Our beloved veterans deserve to live meaningful, gratifying lives with their families after their honorable service to this country.”